Ford Escort XR3. Early 1981 W Reg 4 speed model showing 89000 miles with all its period correct features intact. Registered new on the 3rd March 1981 on a ‘W’ plate suffix, this very early XR3 was supplied new by Ford Main Dealers Doe Motors Limited of Essex. Just four keepers from new have cherished this example the last being a private collector.. The original dealer document wallet has all the handbooks, guides, sales leaflet, guarantee cards and accessories brochure. In addition there is a history folder containing receipts and invoices for service and repair work dating back to the 1980’s to present and includes a documented cambelt change. There are previous MOT certificates and two sets of original keys that work the ignition both door and tailgate.
Body - Finished in the original colour of Stratos Silver Metallic, the paintwork is very tidy and the body is very straight. Unique features denote a very early XR3 such as the single washer jet, washer bottle bracket design and satin black painted sill, The correct higher ride height prior to the introduction of the XR3i has been maintained. The trim sections, glass, lights and badges are in excellent order and supplying original dealer number plates remain fitted. A tiny paint blemish around the wing mounted aerial, a small split to the driver’s door top rubber and slight discolouration to the sunroof glass are visible upon close inspection. Very solid car throughout. Underneath looks all original. Car may have had a repair to battery tray at some point.
Interior - The original Special Laser fabric trim in Red/Grey, along with the small two spoke steering wheel again relate to the early XR3 cars and have remained in fantastic preserved condition. Seats are free from fading and damage and the inner foam structures are firm and shapely. The grey headlining is unmarked, as are the door cards, and the carpeting is clean with only minimal wear. Incredibly the dash has only a few minuscule cracks around the vents, barely visible and is not at all distorted. All the controls work correctly including the electronic warning system which monitors brake pad wear, coolant levels, low fuel, oil and windscreen washer level. Even the Ford P21 push button radio operates! A really well preserved, car
Mechanics - Fitted with 1.6 CVH engine with original weber carburettor, and 4 speed box.. The engine bay is very clean and displays factory plates and original stickers. Car starts runs and drives as it should.
Wheels - Five original cloverleaf alloys are in fantastic order and fitted with good Pirelli P6000 185/60 R14 tyres .
Very very good example of an early and rare non injection 4 speed XR3. Please feel free to come and see the car . We have a ramp so you can look underneath. Delivery can be arranged if required. Please ask for a quote.
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